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A design research into how design interventions in urban spaces can help develop residual materials into resources.


With designing research, RE-source maps out flows of residual urban materials. RE-source presents the results of this research on the Campina site in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2019. The project is also the winner of the Dutch Design Award 2019 in the category Design Research.

RE-source reveals what systems, locations, products and materials required for a circular city could look like. Designing strategies for transforming flows of urban residual materials into a source that can continually be drawn from. Through analysing the city of Rotterdam and the underlying municipal system, RE-source attempts to gain insights into the methods, management and maintenance of the outside spaces and related flows of materials. RE-source investigates which phases are distinguished, which routes are in use and which people and non-human actors – such as places, committed citizens and professionals, tools, vehicles and rules – all play a role here.
During two years of research and each in a short subproject, five designers have sought a new way to approach a specific material. Jos Klarenbeek investigated concrete street paving, Thom Bindels sludge, Simone Post grass, Paul Slot street furniture and Manon van Hoeckel plant material. Their methods were supervised, observed and analysed throughout the duration of the project by the core team: David Hamers, Ester van de Wiel, Joost Adriaanse and Ginette Verstraete.

DAE, VU, Studio Ester vd Wiel & Gemeente Rotterdam

Design Academy Eindhoven - lectoraat Places and Traces, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Design Cultures, Gemeente Rotterdam and Studio Ester van de Wiel.